Build a three story open frame dollhouse perfect for 12" dolls with these free easy step by step do it yourself dollhouse plans! Hours of play from all sides makes this a dream gift!
Free step by step plans with detailed diagrams, shopping and cut list from Ana-White.com
- 1 - sheet 3/4" PureBond Plywood
- 7 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
- 1/4" plywood scraps for roof
- 2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long for stairs
- 4 - 2" caster wheels and screws for 3/4" stock
- use either 3" self tapping star bit screws or 2 1/2" pocket hole screws, depending on your joinery technique
- 7 - 2x2 @ 32"
- 6 - 2x2 @ 24"
- 4 - 2x2 @ (Both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends are NOT parallel, long point measurement)
- 4 - 2x2 @ 37 5/8" (One end cut at 30 degrees off square, long point measurement)
- Plywood cut to diagram
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Have your home improvement center rip your plywood into a strip 24" wide and a strip 13 1/2" wide as shown in diagram. Then all you have to do is make the crosscuts.
NOTE: I really considered using 1/4" plywood for the floors, but wanted to create a dollhouse that would last and last - and could even be used as a bookshelf later on. The 1/4" plywood is just too flimsy for that. Then I considered 1/2", but the price difference between 1/2" and 3/4" is only a few bucks, and 3/4" is just so much easier to work with because you have a wider area to work with. Of course you can modify this plan - if you made this dollhouse with 1/4" plywood, it would be CHEAP to make ... like $30 cheap.
Build the ends as shown above. You can use a countersink bit and 3" screws or the Kreg Jig and 1 1/2" pocket holes and 2 1/2 pocket hole screws. For the angled joints, just clamp, glue and predrill holes with a countersink bit. I only used one screw (and alot of glue) for each joint to avoid splitting the wood.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.